From: Cologne, Germany
ORIGINAL: Franklin Nimitz
..... Or other west front battle theaters such as Hurtgen Forest, etc.
For infos regarding the Huertgen Battle you might want to check this site here: http://users.fulladsl.be/spb4981/ScoWeb.htm .
Main menu -> Images & Videos-> "Kall Trail" , then scroll down to the bottom, there is a map and photos showing the infamous Kall-Trail, which was selected as main supply route by the US Army, before launching their offensive in November. As you can see on the 4th image, the trail was not suited for heavy equipment/cars, let alone tanks, and I doubt that it was paved back then. A quote from that site:
"In retrospect, it can be seen that the trail was totally unsuited for the amount of traffic required, and was ultimately one of the main reasons the American attack failed."
I'd second that. This area/battle would make for a great BFTB scenario.
Here is as good as it gets for Hurtgen, and a pretty cool website too. Go to the link "US kreigskarte 1944" near the bottom left:hurtgen
According to Eifelyeti, the map was printed in 1943 and was derived from maps from 1932-1939. That means the water reservoir "Heimbach", the "Kall"-Dam and the Rur-Valley Dam "Schwammenauel" are missing, so some of the key terrain features are NOT drawn.
The Kalltalsperre (Kall-Dam) was completed in 1935, Talsperre Schwammenauel (Schwamm.-Dam) in 1938, the Staubecken Heimbach (water reservoir Heimbach) in 1935. Looking at these dates, you can tell that the US Army map was based on outdated material.
@Franklin: For actual maps from 1944/1945 just check the US National Archive, there should be some situational overview maps covering the Ardennes offensive and Huertgen Forest. Some of them should contain actual (aerial recon) data.
If you want to double check the road layout in this area, to tell apart Reichsstrasse (major road - 1 lane/direction) from Autobahn (highway - 2 lanes for each direction = 4 lanes) and minor roads, since the local topographical maps usually don't give you an idea of the type of road, you should go here:
You can navigate in the mini-map on the left ("Übersicht").
This map is the last public map issued by the German Automobile Club in 1941., containing 99% of the german road/Autobahn net, as the last Autobahn parts were still under construction in 1941 (finished in 1942, 40-60 km).
The guy running this online archive collects European and German Maps from mid-age to the 1970s/1980s. Members paying a fee via PayPal are allowed to display the maps in "medium" and "large" windows.
@Simovitch: I did not figure what these black lines on the Huertgen map (hurtgen) are supposed to display .... they look like this:
---(o)-(o)--- , the circles are filled.
Any idea what that is?
< Message edited by GoodGuy -- 3/27/2009 3:28:06 PM >
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December 22nd, 1944
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